Carven SS15

80s sportswear gets a slick Parisian update via Guillaume Henry's minimalist designs

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Carven SS15 in Paris Dazed
Carven SS15 Photography by Jacques Habbah

Initial reaction:

80s casuals through a refined Parisian lens. Carven takes on the birth of sportswear as casualwear that originated in the North of England in the 80s, bringing it decisively into the 21st century.

Slick sportswear:

For SS15, designer Guillaume Henry took Carven in a slicker, more industrial direction than past seasons, with a minimalistic collection that was infused with the graphic and the linear. Largely monochrome, looks were punctuated by occasional colour, like the green stripes extending up sleeves and across the chests of shirts, or a spectacular fluro orange trench. Establishing a cultural dialogue with the sportswear brands of the 80s and 90s, the label’s name came printed across collars, whilst a zip-up tracksuit was interpreted in grey suit fabric, worn with a blazer thrown on top. Henry also sent out three womenswear looks, sporty polo-neck shift dresses with zip collars that felt like a feminine, slightly 60s (and somewhat Emma Peel) take on the clothes and era of football hooliganism. 

How it was worn:

The shoes were mega, a meeting of white pool slides and goth boots with thick silver buckles and industrial soles that were worn with modest white ankle socks. Hair hung in greasy curtains, like that of a teen in his rebellious, artistically unwashed phase.

Last season, Carven sent its gang of bad boys and girls out, in an ode to mug shots and turn-of-the-century misfits. See it below:

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